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Subject: Best Book Pt 2
From: JulieF
Date: 18 Sep 00 - 07:44 AM

I thought I'ld just start a new thread - as the other was rather large and difficult to load now the students are back in.

My favourite book is The Periodic Table by Primo Levi. It was the first one of his that I read and although the other moved me greatly it is this one that I return to. I think that it was because that I was studying Chemical Engineering at the time and because he killed himself shortly after. It just brought everything home.

My most frequently read book must be the Lord of the Rings as I used to reread it whenever I was recovering from illness as a child. Come to think of it I could do with reading it again.

Pratchett - Not my favourite for whole books but I love the way bit just come back at you and you disolve in gigles at the most inoportune moments ( think about how calculus was developed in Pyramids - go I defy you not to gigle)

Favourite Hitchhicker Quote -

".... Broadcasting to all sentinent beings and to all you other guys - the secret is to keep banging the rocks together"

"When men were real men and, Women were real women and small furry creatures from Alpha Centurie were real small furry creatures from Alpha Centurie.

All the best

Julie


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Subject: RE: Best Book Pt 2
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 18 Sep 00 - 07:33 PM

More of my favorites:

"The Selfish Gene", by Richard Dawkins. Explains some paradoxical effects of evolution, like why do animals sometimes behave altruistically? How can harmful genes exist and even proliferate?

"The Sunlight Dialogues", by John Gardner. A mysterious stranger returns to his old hometown and stirs up trouble. That's an oversimplified plot line, but you can find more at Amazon.com.

"Revolution in Judaea," by Hyam Maccoby. New Testament scholarship from a Jewish perspective. He points out what Christian scholars tend to get wrong because they ignore the relevance of the oppression of Jews by the Romans, of Jewish resistance, and of contemporary Jewish theology. One of his arguments is that the Pharisees weren't the bad guys that the NT makes them out to be, and Jesus may have been a Pharisee himself; certainly nothing he taught was inconsistent with what the Pharisees taught. If you like that book then you should also read "The Mythmaker: Paul and the Invention of Christianity."

"Coming into the Country," by John McPhee. Portraits of several Alaskans, especially the ones who live in the wilderness, or near it - truly amazing people. Although McPhee says nothing about himself, it leaves you thinking he must be a remarkable person to get people to reveal so much about themselves.

"Cider with Rosie," by Laurie Lee. A kid's-eye view of life in rural England.

"Crowdie and Cream" by Finlay Macdonald. A kid's-eye view of life in rural Scotland.

"Down in the Holler", by Vance Randolph. You may know him for collecting folksongs in the Ozarks, but this book is about the language of the Ozarkians. I also recommend his collections of folktales such as "Pissing in the Snow" and "Who Blowed Up the Church House?" I intend to read the rest of his books someday.

"Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!" A highly entertaining memoir by Richard P. Feynman. Reveals the shocking fact that a physicist who worked on the atomic bomb actually had a sense of humor, and was far from being the stereotypical nerd. Did you know he studied drumming and performed at Carnival in Brazil? I especially enjoyed his account of his exploits as a safecracker at Los Alamos.

"A Canticle for Liebowitz" by Walter M.Miller. The only science fiction book I would recommend to people who don't usually like science fiction. In fact, I don't generally like science fiction any more, although I read a lot of it as a kid. It's even something of a stretch to call this book science fiction, since it doesn't concern any gadgets that don't really exist, but it IS set in the future. It's a surprisingly optimistic view of what might happen after a collapse of civilization as we know it.


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Subject: RE: Best Book Pt 2
From: Lepus Rex
Date: 19 Sep 00 - 02:16 PM

Julie, just adding a link to the old thread:)

Best book you ever read.

---Lepus Rex


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Subject: RE: Best Book Pt 2
From: Ely
Date: 19 Sep 00 - 03:23 PM

I missed the first half of this (got too long).

I know Thomas Hardy is pretty heavy, but _The Mayor of Casterbridge_ made a big impact on me when I first read it. The character of the mayor is so complex.

_The Wheel on the School_ (I forget the author--someone Dutch--Meindert DeJong?) should be required reading for all aspiring teachers. It's about kids learning by looking for a wagon wheel to put on the roof to attract cranes. They make friends with a local kid-hating grouch and have all kinds of odd adventures, and end up learning about a lot more than cranes.


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Subject: RE: Best Book Pt 2
From: Mbo
Date: 19 Sep 00 - 03:49 PM

Wheel on The School was a Newberry Award winner! My Mom read it, but I didn't. Hmmm, I thought it was storks? Ooops is there anyone else who likes the Prydain Chronicles (The Book of Three, The Black Cauldron, The Castle of Llyr, Taran Wanderer, and The High King) by Lloyd Alexander?


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Subject: RE: Best Book Pt 2
From: Amergin
Date: 19 Sep 00 - 04:06 PM

I love those books, too, Mbo....


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Subject: RE: Best Book Pt 2
From: mousethief
Date: 19 Sep 00 - 04:43 PM

Although the character descriptions and the plot/storylines of the Prydain Chronicles were fine, the thing I didn't like was that Alexander has (had?) absolutely no sense of place -- none that he was able to convey, anyway. One minute you're in one place, and with a casual sentence, you're hundreds of miles away, with no concept of how it really felt to go that distance. In other words, he doesn't do "travel" well, and since most of the books focus on travel, that's a major drawback.

WARNING! SPOILER!
The ending absolutely rules, however! (Except that gurgi doesn't stay in Prydain. Sniff.)

END OF SPOILER

Alex
O..O
=o=


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Subject: RE: Best Book Pt 2
From: Lepus Rex
Date: 06 Nov 00 - 10:06 PM

refreshing, isn't it?


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Subject: RE: Best Book Pt 2
From: kimmers
Date: 06 Nov 00 - 10:21 PM

Copied from the other thread, where I mis-placed this:

Children's books? Anything by Lloyd Alexander or Joan Aiken. Also, The Witch of Blackbird Pond and Calico Captive by Elizabeth George Speare.

Fantasy? Tolkien's works, of course. Also, the Winter of the World trilogy by Michael Scott Rohan. And anything by an obscure fantasy writer named Teresa Edgerton. Oh, and Tad Williams' books.

SF? Anything by Connie Willis. Much of Robert A. Heinlein's works, although his last few works were a little weird for me. Lois McMaster Bujold's Vorkosigan Adventures. Others too numerous to mention.

General fiction? The World According to Garp, by John Irving. East of Eden and The Grapes of Wrath, by Steinbeck. Many works by Twain. The Poisonwood Bible, by Barbara Kingsolver. Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe, by Fannie Flag. Patty Jane's House of Curl by Lorna something-or-other.

History? Undaunted Courage, by Stephen Ambrose. The Killer Angels, by Michael Shaara. An obscure French book called The History of Food (author?) Shelby Foote's three volume history of the American Civil War.

Other nonfiction? David Keirsey's Please Understand Me, William Least Heat Moon's Blue Highways, Jon Krakauer's Into Thin Air, and James Kunstler's The Geography of Nowhere.

I'm not much on romances, Westerns, or mysteries, so I can't comment on those.


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Subject: RE: Best Book Pt 2
From: paddymac
Date: 06 Nov 00 - 10:29 PM

I've not read the original thread, so please excuse me if i duplicate someone else's thoughts, but my vote(s) woul got for nearly anything by either Robt. Heinlein or Robt. Rimmer. Heinlein's "Stranger In A Strange Land" is powerful indeed.


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Subject: RE: Best Book Pt 2
From: GUEST,ursa
Date: 07 Nov 00 - 09:15 PM

Trinity-Leon Uris and the sequal, Redemption The Great Hunger-story of the famine in Ireland Much Ado about Nothing-Shakespeare Emma, Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice.

Great reads for a kid: Harriett the Spy. (The movie did not do this story justice) Half Magic and Seven Day Magic


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Subject: RE: Best Book Pt 2
From: Hotspur
Date: 07 Nov 00 - 10:12 PM

Favorite book? As in book SINGULAR? NOT possible. Take a deep breath, here we go...

Taran Wanderer by Lloyd Alexander (from the Prydain Chronicles...I love the whole series but this is the best one)
The Complete Sherlock Holmes by A. Conan Doyle
The Pickwick Papers by Charles Dickens
Captains Courageous by Rudyard Kipling
The House at Pooh Corner by A.A. Milne

HTML line breaks added. -JoeClone 19-Feb-2001.


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Subject: RE: Best Book Pt 2
From: GUEST
Date: 18 Feb 01 - 12:33 AM

I have mostly favorite authors:
Diana Wynne Jones(esp.The Lives of Christopher Chant)
Diane Duane(esp. the So You Want to Be a Wizard series)
Lloyd Alexander
Lois Lowry(esp. The Giver and Gathering Blue
George Orwell
Orson Scott Card(esp.the books about Ender
Tamora Pierce
Shel Silverstein
Madeline L'Engle
John Marsden
John Bellairs
Books I liked:
To Kill a Mockingbird Harper Lee
The Narnia Chronicles Clive Staples Lewis
Harry Potter
Brave New World
The Girl Who Owned a City
Julius Caesar
Macbeth
The Witch of Blackbird Pond
Calling on Dragons
Holes Louis Sacher
There's more, but I can't remember them all.


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Subject: RE: Best Book Pt 2
From: katlaughing
Date: 18 Feb 01 - 01:04 AM

Just a suggestion for easier reading, since none of us can stick to just naming one book (**BG**) please try to remember to put in line breaks after each listing. It makes a lot easier to read.

Thanks,

kat


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Subject: RE: Best Book Pt 2
From: Sorcha
Date: 18 Feb 01 - 01:27 AM

Most anything by Sheri S. Tepper,but esp.
Gate to Womens Country, and
the Hobbs Land Trilogy--
but all of Tepper ties in eventually.

All of Tolkein, of course,
Anne McCaffery before she "sold" her name,
Marion Zimmer Bradley--Darkover before the Amazons took over,
and MZB's Mists of Avalon
Heinlens "Stranger in..
Nevil Shute--"On the Beach"
Hemmingway, Steinbeck, Faulkner, R. A. MacAvoy, R. McKillip, (any of both)
"Spenser" books by Parker, Might be easier to ask what I don't like!


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Subject: RE: Best Book Pt 2
From: Gervase
Date: 18 Feb 01 - 05:36 AM

Ely, you've just taken me back more than 30 years.
I adored The Wheel on the School as a child - it was one of the first books I read which painted vivid pictures in my mind.
Now I'm thinking of storks again...Thank you!


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Subject: RE: Best Book Pt 2
From: LR Mole
Date: 20 Feb 01 - 11:28 AM

Stalky & Co. by Kipling: a book I love so much I'm sort of never not reading , and I can't tell you why, leads my list. Also The Last Hurrah and The Edge of Sadness, by Edwin O'Connor: Irish-Americans, the Church, and families before we all learned the word "disfunctional" and thought madness in the house was normal (as, sadly, it is). I could go on. I do, I guess.


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Subject: RE: Best Book Pt 2
From: Dave the Gnome
Date: 20 Feb 01 - 11:51 AM

I have just read Stephen Lawheads "The Iron Lance" which is the first of the Celtic Crusades trilogy. While possibly not my absolute favourite it is certainly up there with my favourite few! Highly recommended indeed. Fantasy genre which I enjoyed as much as ol' JRR himself and, more a more recent fave, David Gemmel.

Ouside the fantasy realms I enjoy John Steinbeck and Lawrence Van Der Post for a good narative, Tom Sharpe and Terry Pratchett for a good laugh and any good old rip-roaring yarns by Conan-Doyle or Rider-Haggard.

Cheers

DtG


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Subject: RE: Best Book Pt 2
From: Lin in Kansas
Date: 21 Feb 01 - 01:47 AM

Wesley (from the other thread), I thought I was the only person in the world who had read The Cowboy and The Cossack by Claire Huffaker! ONLY the world's best Western.

Although Huffaker's Nobody Likes A Drunken Indian runs a close second.

LEJ


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Subject: RE: Best Book Pt 2
From: Lin in Kansas
Date: 21 Feb 01 - 01:58 AM

oOPS, fingers slipped--my typing sucks tonight.

LEJ, anything by James Crumley is wonderful, but yes, The Last Good Kiss is one of his best. I was trying to remember the name of the sequel and my brain keeps yipping...

The Drifters by Michener--read that when I was the age of his characters, and it still makes me nostalgic for the 60s. Used to have dreams about yellow VW pop-ups.

Anything John D. MacDonald ever wrote...I believe I own a copy of all of them, including his 2 sci-fi books (excellent of course).

Anything by Barbara Hambly--her Ingold Inglorian can give Gandalf a run for his money any day, and Sun Wolf ain't half-bad either.

Any Burke novel by Andrew Vachss.

The Lymond Chronicles by Dorothy Dunnett.

And way too many more.

Lin


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Subject: RE: Best Book Pt 2
From: Plume
Date: 22 Feb 01 - 01:11 AM

I have been saying for sometime now that I believe Marilynne Robinson's novel "Housekeeping" to be the finest work of fiction of the last half of the 20th century. I'd nominate "To the Lighthouse" to be it's equal in the first half, though the competition in those decades is considerably more fierce.
"Great Expectations" has my favorite opening chapter in all of literature. Can't think of it's equal. I also love the opening paragraph of "All the King's Men."
I'm still blown away by the first volume of Peter Guralnick's biography of Elvis, entitled "The Last Train to Memphis." The second volume, "Careless Love," is quite good as well but, whereas the forces that destroyed Presley are all too familiar, the currents that created him were unique, making the "rise" in his story far more fascinating than the "fall." Cyra McFadden's "Rain or Shine" is family memoir of the highest order.
I used to read mysteries fairly regularly but I think I overdosed on them at one point and swore off. However I always make an exception for a new Peter Lovesey or K.C. Constantine.
Of children's books there are no end of riches:
"The Wind in the Willows", of course and "Treasure Island" without question, but lots of new favorites as well, including Michael Morpurgo's "Kensuke's Kingdom" and "The Wreck of the Zanzibar," Karen Cushman's "The Midwife's Apprentice," Louis Sacahar's "Holes," all the Harry Potter books, Richard Kennedy's "Amy's Eyes" and on and on. I think this really is a new golden age of children's writing and it's fun to be witness to the creations of Rowling and Morpurgo and Pullman and Yolen and many others.
When all is said and done, though, there is really only one completely perfect book, the miracle of which I contemplate on a regular basis, and that is "The Tale of Tom Kitten," by Beatrix Potter.


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Subject: RE: Best Book Pt 2
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 04 Apr 01 - 11:07 AM

"Lark Rise to Candleford" by Flora Thompson.
"Cider with Rosie," by Laurie Lee.
"Crowdie and Cream," by Finlay J. Macdonald

They are all memoirs of childhood and rural or village life in (1) England, (2) England, and (3) the western isles of Scotland, respectively.


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Subject: RE: Best Book Pt 2
From: mousethief
Date: 04 Apr 01 - 11:45 AM

Same as last time. Add to the list "Guns Germs and Steel" by Jared Diamond.

Alex


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Subject: RE: Best Book Pt 2
From: GUEST,#1
Date: 04 Apr 01 - 11:59 AM

What, not one coloring book? Yellow Silk, Up in the Yellow Room, Blue Velvet/Moon/Tango, Blue Balls, Sean Buidhe (Yellow John), Black Jack Davie, Red Sails in the Sunset, Purple People Eaters, Color Purple, Green Sleeves, What's the Rhyme to Oranger. Thousands of great ones.


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Subject: RE: Best Book Pt 2
From: Gervase
Date: 04 Apr 01 - 12:25 PM

I'll still stick with Ulysses, but two books I've read in the past couple of weeks have stuck in my mind.
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, by Jean-Dominique Bauby, is a tiny but lapidary book - as it would have to be, dictated as it was by the painstaking blinking of the one functioning eye of a man cut down by a devastating stroke.
It's a remarkable book; sentimental yet completely lacking in self-pity, and definitely to be recommended to anyone who feels that their life is particularly shitty at the moment.
The other is Tuesdays with Morrie, by Mitch Albom (who, I gather, is well-known as a sports hack in the US). Again, an uplifting tale, if a little sugar-coated, about mortality and how to live life.
I'm as cynical as the next person about redemptive real-life books, but both of these have made a profound impression on someone not usually noted for crying on tueb trains.


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Subject: RE: Best Book Pt 2
From: Amergin
Date: 04 Apr 01 - 11:28 PM

Well, let's see I am in the middle of three books....

The Last Prince Of Ireland by Morgan Llywelyn....it's the story of Donal Cam O'Sullivan and his flight to Ulster following the Battle of Kinsale....

The General by Paul Williams....it is about the illustrious career of Martin Cahill....

In The Name Of The Father by Gerry Conlon.....an autobiographical book about Conlon's false imprisonment for an IRA bombing that he did not commit....

All are very wonderful books...


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Subject: RE: Best Book Pt 2
From: GUEST,#1
Date: 04 Apr 01 - 11:51 PM

Is one allowed to mention Francis James Child's 'The English and Scottish Popular Ballads' here, or is this a total BS thread?


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Subject: RE: Best Book Pt 2
From: mousethief
Date: 05 Apr 01 - 12:39 AM

That's more than one book, #1.

Alex


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Subject: RE: Best Book Pt 2
From: Amergin
Date: 05 Apr 01 - 12:40 AM

Ah, how sweet....you serenade Rosie after she gets you off....that has to be the lovliest thing I have ever heard....


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Subject: RE: Best Book Pt 2
From: GUEST,#1
Date: 05 Apr 01 - 01:42 AM

I have all mousethief, as well as the later one vol. edition (by Kittridge and Child's daughter).


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